But don’t blame the songbird for lines such as “Now that I’ve become who I really are” and “I only wanna die alive” — blame über-producer Max Martin, who made her do it.
“I fought him on it the whole time,” Grande tells TIME. “‘I am not going to sing a grammatically incorrect lyric, help me God!’ Max was like, ‘It’s funny — just do it!’ I know it’s funny and silly, but grammatically incorrect things make me cringe sometimes.”
Eventually she acquiesced, and the singer, whose album My Everything drops later this month, says she’s learned to love the lyrical quirks of “Break Free” given the song’s message.
“I was like, whatever, let’s do it and have some fun,” Grande says. “I need…
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